After 12 years in Hollywood, Laura Tremaine still calls Oklahoma "home."
Tremaine blogs at www.hollywoodhousewife.com and spoke at the Ardmore Juliette Low Leadership Society Annual Luncheon Wednesday.
After growing up in Madill, graduating high school in Ardmore and graduating from the University of Oklahoma, Tremaine, formerly Laura Windel, headed west.
"I decided to move to LA for no reason. I had never been there, but I was seeking the story in my life," she said.
Once there, she did not have any friends or a job, in addition to the national issue of Sept. 11, 2001.
"It was a hard time to be floundering," Tremaine said.
Eventually, she landed an entry-level job at MTV on the set of "Jackass: The Movie."
"I had never seen the show and didn't know what it was about," she said. "It was potty humor, vulgarity and silly male nudity. I was shocked. Also shocked — my parents."
Yet, it was a job. It was also where she met Jeff Tremaine, the director and eventually her husband.
Tremaine eventually went on to work on other projects, such as the television show "Nanny 911." However, she was gradually becoming disillusioned with television.
"It was 16 hour work days on something I didn't necessarily believe in," she said.
Trying to find her place again, Tremaine started a blog. The project not only allowed her to recognize her calling as a writer, but also allowed the freedom for posts about everything from serious introspection to her favorite mascara.
"I've been able to pursue my dreams," she said. "I have a really strong tradition with my mom and sister. There is so much value in a mentorship program like Girl Scouts. The mentoring of older girls and women shape who you are."
To help aid the next generation of girls, the Ardmore JLLS raised over $30,000 with its second annual luncheon.
"She was fabulous," said Amy Wisian, founding member of Ardmore JLLS, about Tremaine. "It gave us a glimpse of the Hollywood life, and a good time was had by all."
Several local Girl Scouts also attended the event.
"I liked the speaker, and today changed what I thought about Girl Scouts," said Take Two Academy sophomore Leah Southerland.